Most young people know that they are not ready to have sex at a young age. There are very good reasons Why it’s Better to Wait until you’re older.
Although you will not be at the stage of making decisions about sex for quite a while, your friends may be talking about sex, so it’s good to know what the Evidence says.
Having sex for the first time is a big decision. It’s not something that should “just happen” because everyone else was doing it or because you got carried away. For advice visit the Decision Making section.
If you feel under pressure to have sex, from your friends or from your boyfriend or girlfriend, you may find our skills and words for Saying No useful.
If you, or someone you know has had sex at an early age, remember that just because you had sex once, does not mean that you need to keep having sex. You can stop and wait until the time is right for you.
The Age of Consent for sexual intercourse for heterosexual and homosexual sex is 17 for boys and girls.